The judges were following a long, safe trail of legal precedents which determine that Jewish military occupation constitutes law and order, while the struggle against it is a crime.
The exceptionally lenient sentence handed to Elor Azaria looks like it was tailored as a kind of political compromise, staining the fundamental norms that guide the military justice system.
With a lenient sentence for shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker, the IDF seeks a quick end to the affair. But that would require the help of politicians, Azaria's family and his lawyers.
Here are ten cases that show the hard line military courts usually take in sentencing soldiers - unlike the case of Sgt. Elor Azaria, who got 18 months for shooting and killing a prone Palestinian attacker.
What Sgt. Elor Azaria did, what he got for it and what's up next.
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The judges in the Elor Azaria case sent a discouraging message to IDF officers: Don’t act like fools. The message to soldiers? Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger.
Only President Rivlin could pardon Azaria, after a potentially lengthy process including political opinions from several other officials.
Family of Palestinian attacker shot by Israeli soldier Azaria say they knew trial would not do them justice.
Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after shooting and killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant, in Hebron in March 2016.